Vegetarian Vs. Vegan

        It can be challenging to find the right diet that works for you. For some people, the average eat what you want lifestyle suits them fine while others want healthier habits to dictate their lives. The two-primary health-conscious ways of living include vegetarianism and veganism. In books, articles, and on TV vegetarianism and veganism are referenced simultaneously. But are these two ways of living dissimilar in their diet or do these lifestyles share the same effect on people just with a different outlook? Here is a breakdown of both the vegetarian and vegan lifestyle:

Vegetarian

When most people see the word vegetarian they usually interpret that a person eats mostly vegetables, however, that’s not always the case. While most vegetarians cut out meat and dairy from their diet; however, depending on how you want to implement this diet in your life there are different variations of the diet out there. For example, lacto-vegetarians ingest dairy products but not eggs while ovo-vegetarians consume eggs but not dairy products. There is also a vegetarian diet called pescatarian that refrains from eating meat or poultry but does consume fish. Although prominent foods in the vegetarian diet are likely to be fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. But do all of these diet changes improve or reduce the quality of your overall health?

While everyone reacts to diet changes differently, with that said, eating a vegetarian diet has been known to enhance the quality of your health. In fact, you’re less likely to become obese if you choose to become a vegetarian. When you eat healthily, it’s not likely you’ll eat because of your emotions or binge eat which is only a few reasons why obesity is increasing in society. In addition, eating a vegetarian diet is perfect if you want to lower your blood pressure. Without dairy products, meat, and added sugars your blood will decrease in concentration and therefore, reduce the blood pressure.

In fact, eating a vegetarian diet not only helps your health but it aids your bank account too. When you buy meat from a health store or grocery store prices can get expensive over time. By eating a vegetarian diet, you’ll find that you’ll buy more fruits and vegetables, therefore, since you can buy them by the pound you can decide an amount that works for you.

Eating a vegetarian diet can be affordable if you choose wisely. For example, you can buy a vegetarian recipe book and cook all your meals from home instead of buying meals already prepared for you. By purchasing a meal in a box might sound like the more convenient choice it’s not always the healthiest. Try and remember to read labels since brands often try to trick customers by providing them with nice looking pictures. But if you stick to what you like and remember to be healthy along the way, you’ll be in for a treat.

Vegan

While some people often get the terms vegetarian and vegan confused there is one colossal difference between the two. Simply put a vegetarian does not eat meat; however, a vegan doesn’t consume, use, or buy animal products. When eating a vegan would stay away from eggs, milk, and even honey since it’s extracted from an animal. Although when shopping a vegan would stay clear of leather, fur, and wool since these items were produced from an animal.

There are various reasons why someone would adopt a vegan lifestyle; however, one of the main reasons is that by extracting these products we as humans are encouraging the cruelty of animals. The vegan lifestyle creates a way where a person doesn’t have to use the products that animals produce and instead promotes an all-natural alternative. Like the vegetarian lifestyle, the vegan diet is likely to consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains. But are there any benefits to this health-conscious way of living and if so any risks involved?

A common health benefit from eating a vegan lifestyle is that you’re less likely to have food allergies. Since vegans don’t eat anything produced by animals that removes the risk of exposure to allergens such as fish, shellfish, and dairy. However, there are risks with eating a vegan diet. Since the vegan lifestyle is meatless, a person will be missing key nutrients in their diet. It’s important to take B12 supplements. Also, if a doctor recommends taking iron and fiber supplements as well, then it’s essential to do so.

However, not only does a vegan lifestyle help your health it also aids your finances. If you think being a vegetarian can help you save money, then wait until you hear about the vegan lifestyle. Due to the need to not eat, use or buy animal products you’ll save a lot of money. Jackets made out of leather or fur are expensive for anyone to purchase. However, if you choose to be a vegan, you’ll no longer participate in the indulgence of society’s norms of extravagance. Therefore, you’ll be able to save money and use it where it’s needed instead of giving in to peer pressure and buying a wool blanket.

        There are many reasons why a person would want to change their diet. Whether you like vegetarian better than veganism or the other way around is your opinion. But it’s your decision that matters since it’s your life. You should choose a diet that works for you, not one that makes you feel too hungry or over full. However, it’s important to consult with a doctor before changing your diet completely. There may be health care concerns that you need to know about for the future. If you like vegetarianism or veganism there are various community shops, chat groups, and online resources where you can learn more. Have fun researching your chosen diet but remember live long and healthy!